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Jul 7, 2011

Italy’s Berlusconi exposes NATO rifts over Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday he was against NATO intervention in Libya but had to go along with it, an admission that exposed the fragility of the alliance trying to unseat Muammar Gaddafi.

NATO warplanes have been bombing Libya under a U.N. mandate, but the alliance is under mounting strain because of the cost of the operation and the failure, after more than three months, to produce a decisive outcome.

Jul 6, 2011

Libya denies Russian report Gaddafi seeking way out

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is sounding out the possibility of handing over power, a Russian newspaper reported on Tuesday, but the Libyan government denied it was in talks about the veteran leader stepping down.

Five months into a conflict that has embroiled NATO and become the bloodiest of the “Arab Spring” uprisings, there has been a flurry of reports about talks on Gaddafi ending his four decades in power in exchange for security guarantees.

Jul 5, 2011

Russian paper says Gaddafi seeking way out

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is sounding out the possibility of handing over power, a Russian newspaper said on Tuesday, but the Libyan government denied it was in talks about the veteran leader stepping down.

Five months into a conflict that has embroiled NATO and become the bloodiest of the “Arab Spring” uprisings, there has been a flurry of reports about talks on Gaddafi ending his 41 years in power in exchange for security guarantees.

Jul 4, 2011

Gaddafi govt says in talks, rebels say he must go

TRIPOLI, July 4 (Reuters) – The Libyan government said on
Monday it was in talks with opposition figures but there seemed
little chance of a swift end to the conflict as both sides stuck
to entrenched positions on the fate of Muammar Gaddafi.

The leader’s son Saif al-Islam, in combative form, told a
French newspaper there was no question of negotiating an end to
his father’s 42-year rule, while the rebels, stepping back from
a hint of a concession, renewed their demand that he go now.

Jul 4, 2011

Gaddafi government in talks with rebels

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The Libyan government said on Monday that it was in talks with opposition figures but there seemed little chance of a swift end to the civil war as both sides stuck to entrenched positions on the fate of Muammar Gaddafi.

The leader’s son Saif al-Islam, in combative form, told a French newspaper there was no question of negotiating an end to his father’s 42-year rule, while the rebels, stepping back from a hint of a concession, renewed their demand that he go now.

Jul 4, 2011

Gaddafi government says in talks, rebels say he must go

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The Libyan government said on Monday that it was in talks with opposition figures but there seemed little chance of a swift end to the civil war as both sides stuck to entrenched positions on the fate of Muammar Gaddafi.

The leader’s son Saif al-Islam, in combative form, told a French newspaper there was no question of negotiating an end to his father’s 42-year rule, while the rebels, stepping back from a hint of a concession, renewed their demand that he go now.

Jul 2, 2011

U.S. slams Gaddafi threat to attack Europe

MADRID/TRIPOLI, July 3 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped up Western calls on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to quit, brushing off his threat to attack Europeans in their homes and offices.

“Instead of issuing threats, Gaddafi should put the well-being and the interests of his own people first and he should step down from power and help facilitate a democratic transition,” Clinton told reporters on a trip to Spain.

Jul 2, 2011

Clinton slams Gaddafi threat to attack Europe

MADRID/TRIPOLI, July 2 (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped up Western calls on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to quit, brushing off his threat to attack Europeans in their homes and offices.

“Instead of issuing threats, Gaddafi should put the well-being and the interests of his own people first and he should step down from power and help facilitate a democratic transition,” Clinton told reporters on a trip to Spain.

Jun 14, 2011

Gas Natural and Algeria’s Sonatrach end legal row

ALGIERS, June 14 (Reuters) – Algeria’s state-owned
Sonatrach and Spanish utility Gas Natural (GAS.MC: Quote, Profile, Research) said on
Tuesday they have settled a long-running dispute with a deal
that involves the Spanish firm paying $1.897 billion to
Sonatrach.

The Algerian energy firm will also have the opportunity to
acquire a minority stake in Gas Natural as part of the
agreement, which draws a line under a dispute over the prices
Gas Natural pays for Algerian gas imports.

May 26, 2011

Al Qaeda N.Africa branch to step up attacks:expert

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s North African branch is likely to step up its attacks to stake its claim for leadership of the global network after the death of Osama bin Laden, a leading Algerian security specialist said.

Now that bin Laden has been killed by U.S. Navy SEALS in a villa in Pakistan, the different al Qaeda “franchises” will compete for supremacy, said Professor Mhand Berkouk, head of Algeria’s Centre for Strategic and Security Studies.

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